William Ruto is a man to watch in 2022 presidential politics but lacks strong leaders on the ground to defend and shield him from political wolves out to curtail his presidential ambitions to succeed Uhuru Kenyatta.
The DP is enjoying strong following particularly in Rift Valley with an estimate of about 80pc supporters rallying behind him.
The major problem is the local leaders who are unpopular and most of them have no hope of retaining their seats come 2022 elections.
All the elected political leaders who include the governors, senators, members of parliament and members of county assembly are behind the DP but have no following at the grassroots.
The political leaders have also failed in one way or another for not initiating a multimillion project that will require the DP input as the same will be sure of getting votes.
Investigations also reveal that most of the elected leaders who have access to the DP are so selfish that they do not want others to get access.
It is in the public domain that the DP is currently a man who is a target and recently a senior politician in Rift Valley told this writer that time will tell since 2022 politics is between the DP and one candidate to face him.
Without elaborating, it was a clear indication that the entire opposition may choose one strong candidate to face the DP in fthe ballot which to many, is not easy to agree on.
But those familiar with the political realignment say the compromise candidate to face the DP is likely to be Musalia Mudavadi who may get support across the board.
If Mudavadi is chosen to compete with Ruto, then it will not be an easy task since Mudavadi is widely known and enjoys the trust of Kenyans though he is not politically aggressive like the DP.
Another aspect that the DP requires to consolidate is to accommodate the strong leaders in the country and in particular contain all the political rebels in Rift Valley.
Those who are not reading from the same script with the DP are former Bomet governor Isaac Ruto, former Kuresoi South MP Zakayo Cheruiyot, Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter and his fiercest critics Cheranganyi MP Joshua Kutuny, are leaders who enjoy huge following but not in Ruto’s camp.
As political temperature rises, Ruto is the man to watch in next general elections though it is not yet clear which party he will run on if Jubilee will not be as popular as it was in 2017.
Small parties such as Isaac’s Chama Cha Mashinani are currently gaining popularity in Rift Valley with Uasin Gishu 2017 gubernatorial loser Bundotich Buzeki joining the party recently.
Though one cannot underrate the DP’s political network, time will tell if he will contain all those opposed to him, and work as a team with an aim of winning the seat.
The former Bomet governor who is currently rehearsing of being elected in the coming elections is a man who was at one time exchanged bitter words with the DP in Bomet.
The former governor is no longer attacking the DP, an issue that is not known if they do meet secretly as the next elections approaches.
The current crop of governors in particular Rift Valley is leaders who may not be reelected and those serving second term like Kericho governor Paul Chepkwony are disadvantaged if they opt to go for a different seat.
Ruto is known for generous donations in churches which is one fator that will give Ruto votes.
Also, ordinary Kenyans have sympathy for Ruto who is currently seen to be a man being fought by every big man in Kenya.
The handshake has boosted Ruto’s political career since observers are convinced that the Uhuru and Raila Odinga have sidelined him in the handshake.
The weakness with the DP attacking Raila who is known to have benefited much in the handshake